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It’s the tenth anniversary of Maine Restaurant Week. We’ll learn about different culinary centers in the state, emerging food trends, and what makes Maine such a center of foodie culture.

Holiday Food Traditions

Nov 23, 2017

This is a rebroadcast; no calls will be taken. (The original air date was December 13, 2016) 

What makes your holiday special? Most likely food is involved. We discuss the many traditions that revolve around meals here in Maine, from tourtiere to ployes to bean soup--to whatever cultural delicacies people make for their loved ones.

Guests: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, cookbook author and historian

Sam Hayward, restaurant pioneer, chef, and owner of Fore Street in Portland

The Original Food Truck cover image Media Lab

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 5 at 10:00 pm
Sat., October 7 at 11:00 am

The story of The Original Food Truck and the oldest continually operating diner on wheels is the story of the first food truck owned by woman, this late night lunch cart has served patrons for over 120 years.

Located in the birthplace of the American diner, Providence, RI, the documentary centers around the fact that Haven Bros. was almost lost to the modernizing of Providence. The diner was moved from its reserved parking spot next to Providence City Hall, and this was considered blasphemy to its loyal followers.

Governor Paul LePage has signed into law a measure that gives municipalities the authority to regulate local food systems without state intervention, so-called food sovereignty.

Under the measure, cities and towns can pass ordinances allowing food or food products that are grown, produced or processed by individuals within the municipality to be sold directly to consumers in face to face transactions.

Any food or food products sold outside of the municipality intended for wholesale or retail distribution have to comply with state and federal guidelines.

Food for Thought

May 12, 2017

We'll hear about what's happening in the world of food: food events, cookbooks, ingredients of the season, restaurants and food trends.

Guests: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, cookbook author and food writer

Peggy Grodinsky, food editor at Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram

Sam Hayward, pioneering chef and one of the partners at Fore Street in Portland

Food for Thought

Feb 10, 2017

Renowned Maine culinary experts (including two James Beard award winners) join us to talk about food and cooking, including—what to make for Valentine's Day, food trends and cold-weather comfort foods. And: Why ot's time to make orange marmalade!

Guests:  Nancy Harmon Jenkins, cookbook author and food writer

Peggy Grodinsky, food editor at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Sam Hayward, chef and co-owner of Fore Street and Scales restaurants in Portland


Maine Food Traditions

Dec 13, 2016

In time for the holidays, a conversation about the holiday dishes that have long been a part of Maine’s cultural heritage. Do you have a tourtiere that would make a Frenchman cry? Do you have a family fruitcake recipe to brag about?  Do you make your own finnan haddie?


Peggy Grodinsky, food editor for Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram; former editor of Cook's Country magazine.

Nancy Harmon Jenkins, food writer, cookbook author, food historian, culinary traveler

A still from We Have to Talk About Hunger

Maine Public TV Air Time:
Sat., November 19 at 11:00 am

Although Vermont is the healthiest state in the country, one in five children live in hunger. How can that be?

Food for Change poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Oct. 20 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Oct. 22 at 11:00 am

A story of the cooperative movement in the United States from 1930s to present with an emphasis on food co-ops.

The Lilac Ridge Farm family

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., June 23 at 10:30 pm
Sat., June 25 at 11:30 am

A film about sustainable agriculture and local food, centered on a family run farm in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Lilac Ridge: Life on a Family Farm was produced by Andy Reichsman and Kate Purdie of Ames Hill Film and Video.

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A growing cadre of entrepreneurs think seaweed could help Maine lead a new revolution in American farming. Move over kale – there’s a new super-food on the scene.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine-grown potatoes, carrots, blueberries and other produce will have more frequent appearances on University of Maine cafeteria plates if advocates for sustainable food have their way.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The James Beard awards are known as the "Oscars of the culinary world," and among this year's nominees are a record number of Maine chefs and other food professionals, including Alison Pray of Portland.

Join us for a conversation about all you ever needed to know about canning and preserving food and why it's getting more and more popular.  Get answers to your questions about canning, freezing, drying and root cellaring and fermenting food. 

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine — In Maine this week, tens of thousands of school children are headed back to class. And many of those kids may be getting on the morning bus with an empty stomach. By some estimates, nearly one in four Maine children live in homes where the food supply is uncertain, and educators in some of Maine's poorest communities are looking to a new federal program that offers free lunch and free breakfast to all students, regardless of income.